Biography

Beth Neil is a Professor of Social Work, Director of Research and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for the School of Social Work. Before joining the Department as a Ph.D. student in 1996 (progressing to lecturer in 1999 and senior lecturer in 2007) she worked for several years in social care in social work. She teaches on qualifying and post-qualifying social work programmes and supervises Ph.D. students. Her research interests are in the field of adoption including post-adoption contact, birth relatives’ perspectives on adoption, post adoption support, and adoptive parent recruitment.

 

All Publications

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Neil, E.

(2017)

Helping birth parents in adoption. A literature review of birth parent support services, including supporting post adoption contact: An expertise for the German Research Center on Adoption (EFZA),

Deutsches Jugendinstitut

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Cossar, J., Neil, E.

(2015)

Service User Involvement in Social Work Research: Learning from an Adoption Research Project,

in British Journal of Social Work

45

(1)

pp. 225-240

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Neil, E., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2015)

Contact after Adoption: A longitudinal study of post adoption contact arrangements,

Coram BAAF

ISBN ISBN 978 1 910039 33 5

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Neil, B., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2014)

Contact after Adoption: A longitudinal study of adopted young people and their adoptive parents and birth relatives,

BAAF

ISBN 9781910039137

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Neil, B., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2013)

Contact after adoption: a follow-up in late adolescence,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Clifton, J., Neil, E.

(2013)

Success factors in adopter recruitment: Insights from adoption agency social work managers and marketing officers,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Neil, E.

(2013)

The mental distress of the birth relatives of adopted children: 'disease' or 'unease'? Findings from a UK study,

in Health and Social Care in the Community

21

(2)

pp. 191-199

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Cossar, J., Neil, E.

(2013)

Making sense of siblings: connections and severances in post-adoption contact,

in Child and Family Social Work

18

(1)

pp. 67-76

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Neil, E.

(2012)

Making sense of adoption: integration and differentiation from the perspective of adopted children in middle childhood,

in Children and Youth Services Review

34

pp. 409-416

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Neil, E., Cossar, J., Jones, C., Lorgelly, P., Young, J.

(2011)

Supporting direct contact after adoption,

BAAF

ISBN 978-1-907585-05-0

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Cossar, J., Neil, E.

(2010)

Supporting the Birth Relatives of Adopted Children: How Accessible Are Services?,

in British Journal of Social Work

40

(5)

pp. 1368

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Neil, E.

(2010)

The benefits and challenges of direct post-adoption contact: perspectives from adoptive parents and birth relatives,

in Aloma

27

pp. 89-115

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Neil, E., Cossar, J., Lorgelly, P., Young, J.

(2010)

Helping Birth Families: Services, costs and outcomes,

British Association of Adoption and Fostering

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Neil, E.

(2009)

The corresponding experiences of adoptive parents and birth relatives in open adoptions,

in International advances in adoption research for practice.

Wiley

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Neil, E., Wrobel, G.

(2009)

International advances in adoption research for practice,

Wiley

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Wrobel, G., Neil, E.

(2009)

Connecting research to practice,

in International advances in adoption research for practice.

Wiley

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Young, J., Neil, E.

(2009)

Contact after adoption,

in The Child Placement Handbook: Research, Policy and Practice.

BAAF

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Neil, E. C.

(2009)

Post-Adoption Contact and Openness in Adoptive Parents' Minds: Consequences for Children's Development,

in British Journal of Social Work

39

(1)

pp. 5-23

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Neil, E.

(2008)

Guest Editorial,

in Adoption Quarterly

10

(3/4)

pp. 1-2

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Neil, E.

(2008)

Supporting post adoption contact for children adopted from care: a study of social workers' attitudes,

in Adoption Quarterly

10

(3/4)

pp. 3-28

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Beth Neil has directed a number of funded research projects in the field of adoption. These have included two major studies: the longitudinal “Contact after Adoption” study which has followed a group of adoptive birth families over 18 years from 1996 to 2013, and the “Researching Adoption Support” study which explored support services for birth relatives, and agency support for direct contact arrangements (2005-2010). Key themes in her research have been around the management of psychological issues for adopted children and young people, birth relatives and adoptive parents. Her research has contributed to policy and practice affecting adopted children and their birth and adoptive families.

Current and recent research research projects:

Success factors in adopter recruitment: Insights from adoption agency social work managers and marketing offices (2013)

Contact after adoption (Three phases 1996-2000, 2002-2004, 2012-13)

Researching Adoption Support (2005-10)

 

 

Teaching Interests

MA in Social Work

Year 1: Human Growth and Behaviour, Supporting parents of looked after and adopted children

Year 2: Social work with children and families: adoption. Young child observation project.

BA in Social Work

Year Two: Human Growth and Behaviour, Supporting parents of looked after and adopted children

Year 3: Social Work with Children and Families: adoption.

Continuing Professional Development courses-social work with children and families - teaching on adoption.

Post-graduate supervision

Beth Neil is experienced at supervising students at research Masters and doctoral level. Topics her PhD students have explored include:

· adoptive parent recruitment (Emma Ward)

· Foster carers experiences of fostering babies (Michelle Pyman)

· experiences of birth fathers in adoption (John Clifton)

· adopted adults experiences of sibling relationships (Heather Ottaway)

· looked after children's use of social networking (Andrew Sach)

Beth welcomes both national and international students interested in researching family placement issues, or the broader field of child and family welfare, particularly students interested in taking a psychological approach to these issues.